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Evergreens dappled with new-fallen snow, frozen lakes and ponds etched with the graceful patterns unintentionally left behind by ice skaters, snowmen winking knowingly at couples in love... winter in New England is a time for romance.
After a day of playing in the snow or strolling arm-in-arm through this winter wonderland, nothing is quite as romantic as retiring to your room at a charming and cozy inn or bed & breakfast and lighting a crackling, comforting fire in your own fireplace. Many of the region's B&Bs and inns have a few rooms with fireplaces, but when you want to be sure of winter warmth, reserve your room at one of these New England inns where you'll find a real working fireplace in each and every guest room.
The Inn at Stonington, Connecticut
All 18 rooms at the Inn At Stonington, located on the Connecticut shoreline, feature fireplaces. Guests enjoy complimentary wine and cheese each evening in the inn's water-view parlor. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos and the attractions of Mystic, Connecticut, are all nearby if you can tear yourself away from the glow of the fire.
Victorian by the Sea, Maine
Each of the seven rooms at Victorian by the Sea in Camden, Maine, has its own working fireplace to help you fight off winter's chill. You'll have wonderful views of Penobscot Bay from this Victorian-style inn built in 1889 as a summer cottage. With your fireplace casting a cozy glow, you may never feel the need to venture outdoors once you've checked in, but the charming coastal town of Camden is worth exploring.
Captain's House Inn, Massachusetts
Head to quiet Cape Cod this winter to rekindle your bond beside the blaze in your room at the Captain's House Inn. Located in charming Chatham, Massachusetts, a town known for its distinctive shopping and community events, this inn's 1839 mansion main house, attached carriage house, and converted stables all have guestrooms with gas fireplaces.
The Notchland Inn, New Hampshire
The Notchland Inn in Hart's Location, New Hampshire, has eight main house deluxe rooms, all with real wood-burning fireplaces. This 1860s granite mansion is set on a 100-acre estate within the White Mountain National Forest, which means that you can spend a day skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and enjoying all of the region's winter fun attractions, then return to this cozy, romantic retreat for an evening of dreaming by the fire. All but one of the five suites and two cottages on the property also offer the comfort of a fireplace.
Lake Opechee Inn and Spa, New Hampshire
The Lake Opechee Inn and Spa in Laconia, New Hampshire, has 34 individually appointed rooms, and, you guessed it, you'll find a working fireplace in each one. Many also have two-person whirlpool tubs, and two rooms are available for guests traveling with friendly dogs. With its own steak and seafood restaurant and lakeside spa, this Lakes Region retreat in a historic mill building offers warmth and contentment under one roof.
Serenity Inn, Rhode Island
Each individually decorated guest room at Serenity Inn in Newport, Rhode Island, features a fireplace that will chase away your winter blahs. Formerly known as the Adele Turner Inn, this Victorian hideaway was built in 1855 to house the sea captains and officers who visited this historic port city. When you visit Newport in the winter off-season, you'll find opportunities to enjoy the area's attractions without the parking hassles and restaurant lines characteristic of the summer high season. And after a brisk, breezy Cliff Walk stroll, you'll adore returning to your fire-warmed home away from home.
Sarah Kendall House, Rhode Island
Another Newport option is the Sarah Kendall House, which dates to circa 1871 and offers five guest bedrooms, each with a working fireplace. Not only is a full breakfast included with your room rate, you'll also enjoy afternoon treats. You may find yourself torn between spending time in your fireplace room or heading up to the Tower Sitting Room in the cupola for views of Newport Harbor.
Stagecoach House Inn, Rhode Island
In Wyoming, Rhode Island, the riverside Stagecoach House Inn has two common-area fireplaces from the 1700s, when stagecoaches would stop here for the night. The updated inn also has gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs in each guest room, and rates, which are particularly affordable in the winter months, include a deluxe continental breakfast.
Stone Hill Inn, Vermont
At Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont, every one of the nine guest rooms has a flickering gas fireplace that opens to both the bedroom and bathroom, plus a fireside Jacuzzi for two. What more could you long for on a blustery cold New England day? Stowe is, of course, one of Vermont's most popular ski resort areas, so you can combine a day on the slopes with the romance and relaxation of flickering flames and a bubbling whirlpool bath.